Box Office: 'Contraband' pays off for Mark Wahlberg
The other new release -- "Joyful Noise" -- came in fourth with $11.3 million and was just edged out of the no. 3 spot by Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" ($11.5 million).
The Meryl Streep award-bait movie "The Iron Lady," in which the great actress plays the great former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, broke into the top 10. Streep will compete for best actress honors at Sunday's (Jan. 15) Golden Globes for her portrayal.
"The Devil Inside" remained in the top 10 at no. 6, but ticket sales dropped steeply from its opening weekend; the film made just $7.9 million compared to the previous weekend's $33 million.